fab·​ri·​cate ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio)
fabricated; fabricating

transitive verb

: to make up for the purpose of deception
accused of fabricating evidence
: construct, manufacture
specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts
Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.
fabricator noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, a lot of these generative AI images are almost like one-up contests in that space, like who can do a better job of fabricating reality around a particular topic. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 The Selwyn exhibition pays homage to this history with a 56-page catalog fabricated as a zine. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The absurd and baseless conspiracy theory in question, which was popularized in right-wing media ahead of Super Bowl LVIII, alleges Swift’s relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was fabricated by the government as part of a sprawling psychological operations plot. Liam Reilly, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 The concept of Ukrainian nationhood, which did not previously exist, was fabricated by the Austro-Hungarian general staff and exported to Tsarist Russia with the aim of weakening its wartime adversary. Noah Rothman, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 At the same time, Butker employs another interesting strategy of fabricating pressure on himself during the week. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 Seen from the street, the museum’s façade is half glass and half concrete, a gray-black precast fabricated in Quebec. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 This incident marks the first of its kind in Hong Kong involving a large sum and the use of deepfake technology to simulate a multi-person video conference where all participants (except the victim) were fabricated images of real individuals. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 Perhaps most startling of all is the discovery that this crazy story, shot through with outré humor, isn’t completely fabricated. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fabricate was in the 15th century

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“Fabricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricate. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


fab·​ri·​cate ˈfab-ri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio)
fabricated; fabricating
: to make up in order to deceive
fabricated evidence to support her claim
fabricator noun

Legal Definition


fab·​ri·​cate ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio)
fabricated; fabricating

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive
there was a motive to fabricateGary Taylor

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